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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Funeral for bus crash boy held

Julie Cush

BBC News

The funeral of an 11-year-old boy who died after being knocked down by a bus while he was on his way home from school has taken place.

Mourners gathered for the service at West Road
BBC

Nathan McStay had just left Excelsior Academy when he was hit by the vehicle in Whickham View, Scotswood, Newcastle, last month.

The youngster, from Benwell, was pronounced dead at the scene. Friends and family paid their last respects during a private service at West Road Crematorium.

Dry night forecast

BBC Weather

It will be

largely clear overnight and dry everywhere. Light or calm winds are expected for most of the night.

However, a southerly breeze will develop by dawn.

School merger plans discussed

Proposals to merge two schools in County Durham are due to be discussed by councillors.

Durham County Council's cabinet is proposing amalgamating Shotley Bridge infant and junior schools, creating a new primary school.

A decision will be made following a meeting on 18 March.

School to take children from cradle to university

The Chronicle

Newspaper

A North school is taking children from cradle to university after becoming the

first in the region to accept pupils from birth.

TV presenter's new 'royal' role

BBC Look North TV presenter Carol Malia and folk musician Kathryn Tickell have been appointed as Deputy Lieutenants of Northumberland.

Carol Malia
BBC

The job involves helping the Duchess of Northumberland, who is the Lord-Lieutenant - the Queen's official representative for the county.

This means they will help organise royal visits to the county.

Green light for coastal plan

Plans for the regeneration of Whitley Bay have been approved by North Tyneside Council's cabinet.

Artist's impression of revamp
North tyneside council

The scheme, funded by the council, its partners, and private developers, includes a £1m visitor centre at St Mary's Headland, proposals to improve the Watts Slope area and plans for the future of the Spanish City Dome.

Arrest after baby left in back of van

The Chronicle

Newspaper

A baby in a pram was found by police after it was

left in the back of a van.

A woman was arrested on suspicion of child neglect by Durham Police after the 18-month-old was found.

New boss for Hartlepool Council

A panel of Hartlepool councillors has unanimously recommended that Gill Alexander becomes the next chief executive.

Gill Alexander
Chris Armstrong

She would replace Dave Stubbs, who retires at the end of May after a 44-year career at the council.

Arsenal match postponed

The Chronicle

Newspaper

Sunderland's visit to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium next month

has been postponed, due to the Gunners' involvement in the FA Cup.

Trio suspended from board

Rangers have suspended three members of their football club board

pending an internal investigation.

Bus company owner Sandy Easdale had been chairman of the football board.

Derek Llambias, Sandy Easdale and Barry Leach
SNS

Former chief executive Derek Llambias and director Barry Leach had already been removed from the Rangers International Football Club PLC board.

Llambias and Leach, who was finance director, are business associates of Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United and Sports Direct owner.

School childminding from birth

A school is launching a childminding agency to help tackle the problem of new pupils being unable to speak properly or not being toilet-trained.

Northumberland Academy
The Northumberland Church of England Academy

The Northumberland Church of England Academy will help match childminders and babies across Ashington, Lynemouth and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Children will then join the academy, where they can stay until aged 19.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The government claims it's helped almost 4,000 families here in the North East since it started it's Troubled Families programme
  • BBC Newcastle: Listen in for a round-up of the day's main stories

Woman hit by bus dies

The Gazette

A great-grandmother who was

hit by a bus in Stockton has died.

Dorothy Bryan, 75, suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain, a broken pelvis and six broken ribs after being hit by a bus on Stockton High Street on December 4 last year.

Two arrested over homes fire

The Chronicle

Newspaper

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson after six homes were damaged by fire in Sherburn Village yesterday.

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Parking policies backed

The Shields Gazette

The Tory candidate for South Shields in May's General Election has

backed new "common-sense parking policies" as a way of boosting businesses in the town.

Sex offenders go missing

The Chronicle

Newspaper

Three sex offenders have

gone missing in the North East, police have revealed.

Former Middlesbrough mayor dies

Middlesbrough Council's longest-serving local politician has died at the age of 91.

A former mayor and council leader, Walter Ferrier was elected to the Thorntree ward in 1954 and bowed out in 2011.

Walter Ferrier
Middlesbrough Council

Councillor Bob Brady, the council's vice chair, said: "My main memory of him will be of all the things he did for the young people of this town such as bringing us youth clubs, organising exchange visits and many other things.

"He was also a very, very kind man, considerate and a very popular councillor."

Villa upturn a worry for Sunderland

Sunderland Echo

You can't underestimate the importance of Sunderland's

Saturday game with Aston Villa - a team just one point and one place below Sunderland.

Villa have just had a morale-boosting cup win against West Brom, and in their last Premier League game against the same opposition, scored a late winner which has rejuvenated them and given their season a lifeline.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The government claims thousands of "troubled families" in the region have had their lives turned round
  • BBC Newcastle: Listen in for a round-up of the day's main stories

Traffic light failure in Hartlepool

BBC Travel reports there's a traffic light failure on Victoria Road in Hartlepool at the A689 Stockton Street junction.

Men released without charge

The Gazette

Three men arrested in connection with a attempted robbery have been

released without charge.

Bus firm's insurance woes

Teesside bus company Leven Valley Coaches has announced it will close due to its insurance bill trebling.

The company, which runs 11 services, said it could no longer afford to keep going after its annual bill rose from £54,000 to £154,000.

Bus
Google

It hopes to move all its staff to sister company Compass Royston.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Leven Valley Coaches is to stop services across the Tees Valley after 28 years
  • BBC Newcastle: A fundraiser from Tyneside who is famous for running with a fridge on his back has been charged with assault

Captain Cook museum reopens for 2015

Middlesbrough's Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is due to reopen on 31 March for its 2015 season.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Middlesbrough Council

The museum, in Stewart Park close to the site of James Cook's birth, follows the naval explorer's life from his early years onwards.

Machete-wielding raider attacks householder

The Chronicle

Newspaper

A machete-wielding raider has

attacked a man in his home.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the aggravated burglary, which happened in Byker, Newcastle, on Monday night.

Poyet denies improper conduct

BBC Sport

Sunderland's Gus Poyet

has denied a Football Association charge of improper conduct after kicking a container of drinks and confronting Hull boss Steve Bruce on the touchline.

Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet
AFP

The incident took place as Poyet was sent to the stand in the 35th minute of his side's 1-1 draw with Hull City in the Premier League last week.

Study reveals way to boost baby brainpower

The Journal

Newspaper

Parents who engage with their children's learning from an early age can

boost progress by five months, Durham University researchers say.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A woman's been cautioned after an 18-week-old baby was found in a pram in the back of a van in County Durham
  • BBC Newcastle: A fundraiser from Tyneside who is famous for running with a fridge on his back has been charged with assault

Hospital's new IVF unit

A new purpose-built IVF unit has opened its doors at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says the facility will bring all reproductive medicine services together in one place.

IVF unit
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

It includes its own theatre, lab, tank room, air quality control, recovery area, patient rooms, changing rooms, reception and waiting area.

Woman cautioned over pram in van

A woman arrested on suspicion of child neglect has been cautioned by Durham Police.

It follows the discovery of 18-week-old baby in a pram in the back of a van, which officers stopped in the South Church Road area of Bishop Auckland.

The baby was not injured and a referral has been made to social services.

Double burglary

Cleveland Police has appealed for information after burglaries in which a bike, ladders and artificial turf were stolen on two occasions at the same house in Hartlepool.

The property, in Hart Lane, was first targeted on 4 March and then again in the early hours of 6 March.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: Four sex offenders from the North East are among hundreds who have gone missing, police records show
  • BBC Newcastle: A fundraiser famed for running with a fridge strapped to his back has appeared in court charged with assault

'Tony the Fridge' on assault charge

A charity fundraiser well-known for running with a fridge strapped to his back

has been charged with assault.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison, better known as "Tony The Fridge", appeared at Sunderland Magistrates' Court to face four charges of assault and one of using violence to get into a home.

Tony Morrison
Freuds

The 50-year-old, from Hebburn, denies the charges and was bailed to appear in court in September.

Bid for new rail services

Plans are being announced for more rail services in the North East.

First Group wants to run several trains a day from London to Edinburgh, via Newcastle and Morpeth. If the application to the Office of Rail Regulation is successful, services would start in 2018.

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BBC News

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Daffodils
Lee Hargreaves

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: Leven Valley Coaches is to stop services across the Tees Valley after 28 years
  • BBC Newcastle: A fundraiser famed for running with a fridge strapped to his back has appeared in court charged with assault

Arrests after house fires

Two men have been arrested after a fire caused considerable damage to a number of properties in Sherburn Village.

It started on Monday in the roof of Clifton House, where work was being carried out and then spread to five adjoining properties. No-one was hurt.

Durham Police said the pair, aged 23 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of arson and later released on bail.